Definition of “fertile” - English Dictionary

“fertile” in British English

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fertileadjective

uk /ˈfɜː.taɪl/ us /ˈfɝː.t̬əl/

fertile adjective (LAND)

C2 Fertile land can produce a large number of good quality crops.

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fertile adjective (PEOPLE/ANIMALS/PLANTS)

Fertile animals or plants are able to produce (a lot of) young or fruit:

People get less fertile as they get older.
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A fertile seed or egg is able to develop into a new plant or animal.

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(Definition of “fertile” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“fertile” in American English

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fertileadjective

us /ˈfɜr·təl/

fertile adjective (GROWING PLANTS)

(of land) able to produce a large number of high-quality crops:

fertile soil

fertile adjective (ABLE TO PRODUCE)

biology (of people or animals) able to produce young

fig. Someone who has a fertile imagination has an active mind and is able to produce a lot of new and original ideas.

(Definition of “fertile” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)